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Gazeta Express: Dialogue blocked, Brussels without a date for the next meeting

Vučić, Mogerini i Tači; Foto: Twitter / Maja Kocijančič

PRISTINA – Unsuccessful continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in Brussels on 7 September, when President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić refused to meet his counterpart Hashim Thaçi, marks the beginning of the blockade of this several-year long process, writes Gazeta Express, reports MIA.

President Thaçi’s decision to pursue the idea of border correction between two countries lead to the blockade within Kosovo’s institutions as well, with politicians being unable to find a consensus.

Gazeta Express reminds that Kosovo’s Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj tried to pass a resolution that would make Limaj country’s chief representative in the dialogue instead of Thaçi. However, the initiative failed due to to lack of support from two biggest opposition parties, Democratic League of Kosovo and Vetëvendosje!

Aware of the situation, Brussels does not know when to call for the next meeting between the two sides, MIA reminds.

“At this moment, we cannot give any date for the next high-level meeting in the context of the dialogue. When we do have it, we will announce it publicly”, stated EC Spokesperson Maja Kocijančič for GE.

Avni Arifi, chief negotiator for the dialogue with Belgrade, stated for the portal that it is of vital importance for Kosovo political actors to overcome their differences.

He also stressed that Pristina is always ready to discuss open issues, and that Serbia is responsible for the lack of meetings due to its unwillingness to tackle them.

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